Junee has been involved in the NSW Heritage Festival for the past seven years. In many ways Junee is the highest participating rural Local Government Area in the State, finding new ways to celebrate in festival activities.
In 1998, 100 people arrived at the JADDA Centre for the inaugural Junee festival. It included 340 A4 photographs from Junee dating back to 1889. There where photos of local sporting clubs and dignitaries, some unnamed. The gathering soon sorted that out, recollecting time past, and before long the unnamed became real people once more.
In 2004 a trip to the Bethungra Rail Spiral for afternoon tea and a chat turned into a weekend away for some people. So fascinated are people about trains, that this local twilight tour saw people travel from Sydney, Leeton, Cootamundra and Mudgee.
In 2004 we celebrated the National Trust Heritage Festival with twilight walks through the conservation area of Junee to hear some of our town’s history, through the lives of its buildings. Junee Shire Council Heritage Adviser Noel Thomson led the tour discussing detail, style and structure of buildings, and participants filled in the community knowledge, making for a well-rounded tour. The finale was entering the basement of the Railside Café, followed by some lovely tea, coffee and hot chocolate.
In 2005 the Heritage Festival celebrates the National Trust’s Diamond Jubilee with the partnership of community and heritage over the past 60 years. The Festival is one of the biggest community festivals in the State, with nearly 400 community events taking place from organisations including councils, historic societies, museums, art galleries, hotels, community groups, government departments and private individuals.